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This I Believe Podcasts 8: Optimism, Souls, Sports

Today, three students share three different sources of strength: Karolina  finds direction in her positive thinking, student 4 find peace and new friends because of her belief in our souls, and Katharina finds strength for everyday life in the lessons of the heptathlon.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast, or right-click to download the file.

The Podcasts

“How Thinking Positively Shapes My Life” by Karolina — Click here to listen.

Before she was aware of it, Karolina’s parents encouraged her to think optimistically. She started to notice the power of positive thinking when she moved away for college and became independent, and optimism gives her peace about the future.

“My Companion, The Soul” by Student 4* — Click here to listen.

A near-death experience as a teenager shaped this student’s beliefs about what happens to our souls once our bodies have ceased to function and how our souls interact with others’ souls.

“Heptathlon – A School For Life” by Katharina Eberling — Click here to listen.

This athlete shares a belief in the heptathlon because it has taught her that life’s challenges take hard work, joy, and an ounce of luck.

Want to Hear More?

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Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.


* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

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